SEPTA’s board is expected to approve a final route Thursday for the Norristown High-Speed Line extension to King of Prussia, transit agency officials said Wednesday.
The proposal diverts the railroad tracks away from a community that opposed an earlier design that had the line running nearly through residents’ backyards. The final plan, which shifts the tracks to the north side of I-276, away from the Valley Forge Homes development, represents a “huge victory,” said Dan Cowhey, a leader of opposition to the line through the No KOP Rail group.
“It is something that I think we all, in that particular neighborhood, are happier with,” he said Wednesday.
SEPTA altered an earlier proposal that planned tracks for the south side of the highway because of opposition from the community, said Liz Smith, director of strategic planning and partnerships at SEPTA and the project manager.
“It definitely felt like what we needed to do,” she said.
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